“Advent”: A Poem

Advent We hold on to our demise-- what things we hold on to! Lamp-posts line cold streets: lightless, lifeless, leafless poking about in irrelevance. Rosy cheeks cross rosy streets, a subtle blush sponged upon the winter droll; everything is fine. “Say it enough, and it's yours if you just believe,” thumped from a television set,... Continue Reading →

“Waiting Is an Art”

"...And then, just when everything is bearing down on us to such an extent that we can scarcely withstand it, the Christmas message comes to tell us that all our ideas are wrong, and that what we take to be evil and dark is really good and light because it comes from God. Our eyes... Continue Reading →

“Back to School” Is Not Just for Kids

  "The time has come to revive an idea that once seemed natural: the student's life as a Christian calling." Dr. Leland Ryken, author and professor, writes this in a chapter that he contributed to Liberal Arts for the Christian Life. For Ryken and many Christian educators (like myself), education is not a season of life meant... Continue Reading →

Yes, You Can!

I really don't like prosperity preachers (do we remember the private jet fundraising debacle?); the worldview they offer is so hollow and contradictory both to Scripture and basic human experience. The biblical narrative is pretty clear: God made all things perfect, the first humans fell from grace in an attempt to become divine themselves, God began... Continue Reading →

We’re Married: El Salvador-USA Wedding

the landing. Exactly 349 days after saying goodbye at St. Louis Lambert Airport as she flew back to El Salvador for us to complete the immigration process, I greeted Elena (this time at Kansas City International Airport) with tears, kisses, and a great big hug. I'd like to say that the moment was just like... Continue Reading →

Worship: The Flame of Life

[This post was featured on The Avenue Church's blog and podcast, For the City.] The word worship elicits all kinds of images. One person may think of pew on pew on pew leading up to a large Gospel choir in the front of the sanctuary. Another person may recall the used and careworn pages of... Continue Reading →

My First Published Poem

Really, this is late news, but last fall a poem of mine was selected to fill the pages of Glass Mountain, "a literary journal edited by undergraduate students at the University of Houston" and "dedicated to showcasing the works from undergraduate and emerging artists." This, of course, is a humble achievement (I wasn't exactly published... Continue Reading →

What Is Your Sacred Pathway?

  The other day I was tasked with leading a faculty devotional at my school. I decided to put together a small presentation based on Gary Thomas's book Sacred Pathways, a book I read several years ago. Here's the premise of the book, one of Thomas's thoughts in the opening pages: “Expecting all Christians to have... Continue Reading →

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